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Students from the Chatham-Kent Secondary School jazz band were at city hall last week to help kick off the start of the 73rd Annual Kiwanis Musical Festival, put on every year by the Kiwanis Club to showcase the musical talent of local youth. The festival ends this week with a public performance following two weeks of competition.

Blog info on pile driving removed By Mary Beth Corcoran

Just days after information on how deep pile driving methods could impact adjacent water wells was discovered in a company blog, the Hydro One consulting firm pulled down the info from its website.

Brought to the public’s attention by Essex MPP Taras Natyshak, the blog on the EBS Geostructural website referenced the North Kent One wind turbine project in North Chatham and the recommendation to use a micro-piling method of construction for the turbine

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foundation instead of the deep piling method. “The potential for driven pile installation to cause issues with nearby active water wells” was given as the first point as to why the company recommended to use the micro pile (drilled) method instead of the deep pile

(hammer) method to anchor the foundation. That sentence was removed from the company blog, causing members of Water Wells First and Natyshak to question why the only reference to potential impact to water wells was removed.

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Happy to come baCK By Bruce Corcoran

When Rosanna Magliaro graduated from high school 16-plus years ago, she couldn’t wait to leave Chatham-Kent. And now Rosanna Mitchell is more than happy to be home. She and her husband Steve Mitchell traded their 850-square-foot Toronto condo for a 10-acre parcel of land on Lake Erie, featuring beautiful sunrises over the lake, and possibly a winery as

early as later this year. Rosanna, 35 and Steve, 36, who is from Windsor originally, met in Toronto where the pair went to post-secondary school. Rosanna started out in the entertainment industry, performing globally with Koba Entertainment, and appearing in commercials as well. She also ran her own performance and visual arts camp for children for a decade. She eventually returned to school to become a teacher.

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She’s now at Ursuline College Chatham, while Steve is teaching at Chatham-Kent Secondary School. Rosanna also runs a pop-up arts studio,, for children and adults. The couple lived in Toronto for 15 years, enjoying all that the big city had to offer. Steve also did some acting while they lived there. They developed a group of close friends that became like family to them, something they admit was needed when living three and four hours from their places of birth. Rosanna said the timing to come home, however, was ripe. “We loved Toronto in our 20s. But it was only OK in our 30s,” she said. It was a motorcycle ride for Steve one day that changed everything. “I was riding my motorcycle to visit my mom near Harrow and I saw this property for sale,” he said of their Talbot Trail home. “I got off the bike, walked around the property and looked around.” He loved it. But there was one problem. It was out of their

price range. A year later, the Mitchells happened to see it was still for sale, and still too expensive. But the following year, 2015, the listing was under a new agent, and it sported a lower price. “We made a pros and cons list,” Steve said. “The pros for moving back to this area were about a page long. It included cost of living, seeing our families, having fires.” And then there is the lakefront property. “The difference between 850-square-feet and 10 acres is ridiculous,” he said. Another factor for Rosanna was a shorter commute. She and Steve face about a 25-minute drive each day, but in Toronto, her commute was 70 minutes minimum each way. “Not to have to sit in traffic on the 401 is great,” she said. Another perk is the fact they purchased a property with acres of grapevines, and hope to open a winery in the near future. “My parents are Italian, so the idea of their daughter owning a winery is pretty cool,” Rosanna said. Being close to family again is another huge bonus.


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Rosanna and Steve Mitchell, pictured here with their daughter, Stella, and dog, Napa, traded their 850-squarefoot Toronto condo for 10 acres of lakefront property along Lake Erie, and hope to open their own winery in the near future.

For Steve, simply being able to enjoy the outdoors is a bonus. “This landscape can really take you away. You get connected to the land and the outdoors,” he said. One thing they do miss about city life is the fact everything was close at hand. “It’s lovely here, but every now and then we miss the convenience of going out the door to grab a coffee,” Rosanna said. Being in Chatham-Kent is not all about rural life for the

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own engineering team, our Raleigh wind facility has returned to service as of Thursday, March 29. The review confirmed that the collapse of a turbine at the facility earlier this year was caused by a single faulty blade. No other similar issues were identified through the review process,” said Terraform’s Chad Reed, Director

of Investor Relations. “We will continue to regularly and rigorously monitor all turbines as part of our ongoing review and maintenance process.” On Jan. 19, local residents reported hearing a bang sometime after midnight. Bob Crawford, fire chief for the municipality, said the turbine came down about 1 a.m.

“The main support shaft for the nacelle gave up about halfway up. It didn’t sever, but stayed attached,” he said the day after the tower collapse. The Raleigh wind farm started generating electricity back in 2011, and was built by Invenergy. The 78 MW project includes 52 GE-manufactured turbines

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Ontario and Lake St. Clair shoreline and farmland. To make it unlivable and uninhabitable; no way, no chance. Not on my watch,” he added. While Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath was in Chatham-Kent on Wednesday, Natyshak said she took time out to visit the farm of Dave Lusk, an affected well owner, and Theresa Pumphrey to see first hand what they are dealing with. “What I saw yesterday was outrageous,” said Horwath in a release. “Dave and his family have lived on that farm for generations and never had an issue with water quality before the pile driving began nearby. These families deserve for their government to take this seriously – Kathleen Wynne needs to direct her ministry of health to complete a health hazard investigation at the contaminated wells immediately.” Samsung and Pattern Energy had provided the affected families with a temporary water source, but the tanks are now slowly being removed from affected farms. Lusk told Horwath that he has purchased a new water tank at a cost of more than $1,200. In addition to the cost of the tank, he expects to pay another $400 to hook it up to the plumbing system in his home and $60 every two weeks to keep the tank full. “What used to cost Dave $10 per month will now cost him $120 per month, just so he can have drinkable water at home,” said Horwath. “That’s no way for people to live. It’s ludicrous that Kathleen Wynne is allowing these families to go without safe drinking water.” Residents have had the black water collected and analyzed by scientific experts who have found the water contains Black Shale sediment. Black Shale is a known environmental hazard because it contains heavy metals which can be released into a person’s body if the water is ingested. Some farmers have reported that they are so reluctant to use this contaminated water that they are feeding their livestock bottled water instead.





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More than $8 million in natural gas expansion grants in Chatham-Kent have been approved recently, a move which municipal officials say could bring hundreds of millions of dollars of investment and hundreds of jobs to the community. Eleven projects worth nearly $75 million were announced through the provincial ministries of Infrastructure, and Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs under the Natural Gas Grant Program. All projects still require approval of the Ontario Energy Board. The Chatham-Kent Rural Pipeline Expansion project will result in the construction of two transmission pipelines as well as supporting distribution mains and individual customer stations to immediately connect five local agricultural businesses, while establishing infrastructure that can help to meet growing energy demand within the local agri-food cluster. The Moraviantown First Nation will benefit from the construction of a natural gas distribution pipeline to connect homes and businesses along Norton Line, Knoll Road, School House Road, Lunaapeew Road, and Littlejohn Road/Corn Plant Road

near Chatham-Kent, serving the Delaware Nation of Moravian. Mayor Randy Hope said the announcement is the culmination of more than two years of effort by the municipality in aiding the project’s development, including last year’s council resolution of support. “Our greenhouse industry is bursting at its seams,” Hope said in a media release. “Each acre of greenhouses costs more than $1 million to build and this project can supply enough natural gas for hundreds of acres of greenhouses. This kind of development brings jobs in construction and in long-term operation.” A potential route for the proposed eight-inch diameter pipeline would be from the Panhandle System, in the Tupperville area, along Base Line to east of Dresden to Kent Bridge Road, a distance of 13 kilometres. The potential project would also include a 500-metre 12-inch diameter pipe near Dover Centre to “de-bottleneck” the Chatham East transmission system. Steve Baker, President of Union Gas said, “We are very pleased that a number of Ontario communities are now a step closer to accessing natural gas – a reliable and affordable source of energy to keep

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Never assume The people of Chatham-Kent aren’t stupid and it makes us a little angry when the powers that be assume we are. The news this week about the EBS Geostructural Consultant blog that had a key phrase removed regarding the company’s advice to Hydro One about using micro-piling methods instead of deep piling to avoid “potential for driven pile installation to cause issues with nearby active water wells” is disturbing on so many levels. First, the advice to Hydro One is proof at least one government agency used alternative methods of pile-driving to avoid disturbing area water wells, with the blessing of the Ministry of the Environment, as the blog states. Second, it refutes the claims by the North Kent One wind farm that there couldn’t possibly be any connection between deep pile driving methods used to construct the turbine foundations and the complaints of sediment contamination in several water wells in the project area. And finally, removing the line referring to water wells doesn’t make us “unsee” the information. We now know at least one government agency – Hydro One – sought advice on how to construct towers with the least impact to area wells and went with that advice, keeping in line with the company commitment to “identify and evaluate environmental risks to ensure that hazards are eliminated or controlled” as it states on its website. So asking us to disregard what we read because it wasn’t being “used properly” and expecting us to believe this advice is not in any report to Hydro One is utterly ridiculous and, frankly, insulting. If Samsung and Pattern are going to stick to their assertion their construction methods couldn’t possibly be the problem for well owners, and if the environment ministry and municipal officials are going to buy into that when other sources say otherwise, it is time for us all to demand better from our decision makers. The well owners have been dealing with dirty water for long enough. We need to start questioning why the environment ministry and the municipality are letting the turbine companies dictate what we consider unsafe for our rural residents, and why these well owners have to fund their own investigation into the potential carcinogenic sediment in the water the government insists is safe to drink. And because our chief medical officer of health says so isn’t a good enough reason. Until the governments – local and provincial – step up and demand answers from an unbiased third party, we will continue to be treated as naïve sheep who need to be neither seen nor heard. Yeah, we don’t think so.

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Poor placement of image, story Sir: Let me begin by admitting that I am not a fastidious newspaper reader – I’m more inclined to casually skim through. I write today regarding the front top half of The Chatham Voice dated March 22. Staring out at us from a photo was a young, smiling redhaired girl and beside that, the headline “Sex Trafficking Takes Place in Chatham-Kent.” It gives a start. The article was

a heart-breaking account of young girls being lured and enslaved in the sex trade, and the picture beside it is of a young girl. While I don’t know the girl, I think for a moment, I may have actually thought she was featured in that article. It is obvious when you unfold and actually read the paper that the picture does not belong with the

article. I think it’s also just as obvious, or should be to you, that we absorb the headline while looking at the photo next to it. I can only assume that the placement was not purposely misleading, but that leaves that it was a careless oversight. If I were this child’s parent, I would have been appalled. Casual glancing at

headlines and not reading articles is a bad and lazy habit, I’ll admit. It can leave you ill informed and misled, but I don’t do it for a living. I will say I have noticed this incongruous lining up of photo and articles many times and sometimes it’s comical. However, I think this one was simply thoughtless. Janice Duffy Chatham

How times have changed Sir: I am becoming more and more convinced this is a turbulent world. Instead of enjoying peace as we should, living in this wonderful city of Chatham, we seem to be getting more and more fearful. It’s on record that the 20th century was the bloodiest century in hu-

man history. One recent example: The other day two innocent elementary school boys knocked on our front door. Could they go into our backyard to retrieve a football they had accidentally kicked over our backyard fence?

Of course they could. We suggested it would be easier for them if they were to enter through the front door and walk through the house to the kitchen door and into the back yard. But no. They had to go home to ask their mom if

that was OK. Between us, my wife and I have brought up six children, most of whom have children themselves. But things have changed. As I said, we seem to be getting more and more fearful. Stephen J. Beecroft Chatham

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Back home for local businesses

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It’s been more than a year, but two local businesses – accompanied by a new one – have moved home. Sacwal Flooring and Ideal Decorating, along with the Lighting & Accent Gallery, suffered a devastating fire on Jan. 15, 2017, which caused more than $2 million in damages at the St. Clair Street location. Ultimately, the building had to be torn down and a new building constructed on the same site. “Out of the ashes, we rise again,” Al Birkby, owner of Ideal said at a press conference recently showcasing the new stores. When the original building burned, the storeowners hurried to find a temporary home,

settling further south on St. Clair Street in the Nortown Plaza. But now, $3 million later, two of the businesses returned to their old location. Jim and Sandy Kelly, owners of the Lighting & Accent Gallery, opted to retire. In their place will be The Lighting Shoppe. Moving back to the 703 St. Clair St. address with new, larger facilities, feels familiar, noted Alanna Aarssen, president of Sacwal and The Lighting Shoppe. “It’s emotionally exciting. We’re back to our roots,” she said. Harry Verhey, owner of the building that houses the three businesses and a Sacwal partner, said the fire left everyone in shock. “We all stood here Jan. 15 (2017), and all that was left was ashes. You didn’t have e-mail because your


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7 INDIAN CREEK W $469,900

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11 SOUTH HAMPTON $1,125,000 5br, 4.5 bath 2 storey home. One of Chatham’s finest Estate properties. Call Carson 519-809-2856.

19438 LAGOON, BLENHEIM • $499,900 7 yr old custom built 4br, 2 bath bungalow on incredible 2.4 ac property. Call Patti 519-355-6800.

7627 RIVERVIEW LINE $729,900

Quality custom built home on a beautiful river lot. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.


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SATURDAY APRIL 14 1:00-3:00PM 43 PLANTATION • $349,900 AGENT: PATTI VERMEERSCH 3br, 2.5 bath spacious 2 storey in a unbeatable location & river view. Call Patti 519-355-6800.

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39 NORWAY MAPLE $594,000

Impressive 4br, 3.5 bath executive 2 storey home with the ultimate backyard paradise. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

D L SO 427 VICTORIA AVE $217,900

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New Price 90 CARDINAL $254,900

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145 MORNING GLORY $359,900

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482 MCNAUGHTON W $179,900

50 YORK W RIDGETOWN • $179,900

3+1br, 2 bath 4 level home with newer kitchen. Call Gus 519-3558668 or Heather 519-355-8666.

Attractive brick bi-level with many upgrades. 3 br’s up & 1 down. Call Bev 519-358-8805.

New Listing 8592 NANCY BLENHEIM • $199,900

3br, 2 bath 1.5 storey home on a nice sized lot. Call Penny 519-3600315 or Elliot 519-358-8755.

19443 BLOOMFIELD, BLENHEIM • $178,888

Four season 1br cottage on the breathtaking Erie Bluff. Call Brian K 519-365-6090.

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41 ADELAIDE S $149,000

Great income property in downtown core of Chatham with many improvements. Call Amber 519-784-5310.

319 PARK ST $39,900

Vacant residential lot, 104’x194.04’. Call Kristen 519-784-7653.


5 COLLEGE $139,900

4br 2 storey home with fully fenced backyard. Call Kristen 519-784-7653.

20400 COUNTY RD 42, TILBURY • $1,400,000

High exposure business right beside Hwy 401 at Tilbury interchange. Call Ron 519-360-7729 or Brandice 226-626-4838.

Professional office space (1200 sq ft) on main floor with updated interior + 2500 sq ft in basement. Call David 519-350-1615.


Premium 1500 sq ft office space ideal for professional. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

Lease 53 JEFFREY / 162 QUEEN $4 /SQ FT 2nd floor comm space available downtown. 5500 sq ft & 1000 sq ft. $4 + operating/sq ft/yr. Call Sylvia 519-355-8189.

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3 WESTMINISTER $529,900 Mint, mint, mint. 3br, 2 bath rancher with dry basement. Call David 519-350-1615.

21815 COMMUNICATION, C-K • $599,000 Awesome 4br, 2 bath 2 storey on 9.57 acres. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.


4736 TALBOT, MERLIN • $508,888

This 3+1br, 3 bath rancher is perched on the spectacular Lake Erie bluff. Call Brian K 519-365-6090.


New Listing 6124 TALBOT, MERLIN • $88,888 Buildable 1.846 ac lot on the Erie Bluffs. Call Brain K 519-365-6090.

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Eric Fitzgerald* 519-436-4865

Ronald Franko** 519-355-8181

Michael Gibbons* 519-365-5634

Catie Hawryluk* 519-809-4268

Brian Keenan* 519-365-6090

Wayne Liddy* 519-436-4810

George McDougall* 519-360-7334

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7 SMITHFIELD $279,900 3br, 1.5 bath quality 2 storey home in Prestancia. Call Chris 519-350-1402.

Commercial Lot 725 ST. CLAIR $289,900

1 ac lot with 120’ frontage on St. Clair just south of mall. Zoned HC1. Call Bev 519-358-8805.

474 TWILIGHT $419,900

Almost new 4+1br, 3.5 bath 2 storey in move-in condition. Call Eric 519-436-4865.

New Listing 58 SENECA $199,900 Spacious 3br, 2 bath 3 level with updates. Call Eric 519-436-4865.

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Patti Vermeersch* 519-355-6800

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Créme de la créme! Beautiful 4br, 2.5 bath brick 2 storey home on the Thames River. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

877 CHARING CROSS $899,900

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Deborah Rhodes* 519-401-5470

950 GRAND AVE W $629,900

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Offer Pending 541 KING W $189,900 Adorable & affordable 3br bungalow with lots of charm & tastefully decorated. Call Eric 519-436-4865.


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Solid March for C-K home sales home sales are down nearly 14 per cent from the same time a year ago, however. “More homes traded hands in March 2018 than during any other month of March in the last 12 years, marking a huge turnaround from just two months ago when activity plunged briefly to a fouryear low,” said Steve Carroll, President of the C-K Association of Realtors. “With demand springing back to life, invento-

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Despite the cold spring, home sales in Chatham-Kent in March were up from the same time last year. According to the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors, sales were up 6.1 per cent from the same time last year. A total of 121 units changed hands this March. Overall, for the first three months of the year,

ries were pulled down to a fresh all-time low. As such, prices could begin to re-accelerate, although it may be tough for the average price to match some of the extreme values recorded last spring and summer.” The average price of homes sold in March 2018 was $188,296, edging down 3.7 per cent from March 2017. The more comprehensive year-to-date average price was $184,321, rel-

atively unchanged compared to last year. There were 149 new residential listings in March 2018. This was down 5.7 per cent (or nine listings) on a year-over-year basis and was the lowest March level since 1989. Active residential listings numbered 194 units at the end of March. This was down 24.2% from the end of March 2017 and marked the lowest level on record by a large margin.


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170 Lacroix, $245,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Carroll, Royal LePage


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Dental care key part of NDP platform Smiles with Horwath and NDP candidate Todd Case (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex). “Chatham families don’t want cuts. We want a government who will offer us hope that things can be better.” “Rural Ontarians deserve a government that has their back,” said Case. “Andrea will make sure that every person in Ontario can get the medication their doctor prescribes and go to the dentist without racking up credit card debt. That is definitely change for the better.”

By Mary Beth Corcoran

The hard work by a local dental hygienist in helping people get the help they need with dental care was applauded recently in Chatham. Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath toured Bright Smiles Community Dental Hygiene in Chatham and spoke with owner and dental hygienist Christine Fairbairn about the need for the NDP’s Dental Care for Everyone plan. “Christine is doing amazing work here in Chatham,” said Horwath. “She saw the need for dental care for those who don’t have coverage, and she is doing her best to fill that need by offering community days, where people can come into the clinic and get a free cleaning. “What Christine is doing is wonderful – but it’s shameful that it has come to this in Ontario. No one should have to rely on charity for basic medical needs like dental cleanings. We can, and we will do better for Ontario families. The NDP’s Dental Care for Everyone plan will mean no one will ever have to put off having their child’s cavity filled because money is tight.” Horwath spoke with one of Fairbairn’s patients, Justin Hayes, in the waiting room at Bright Smiles. He told her about his daughter – who needs five cavities filled – and about how he just can’t afford the procedure. “It’s so hard for me and my wife Amie to watch our daughter go through this. We try hard to make sure the kids have everything they need, but right now that’s just not possible. Andrea’s plan would mean an end to the terrible stress we feel every time the kids need medicine, a check-up at the dentist,

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Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, left, toured the Bright Smiles Community Dental Hygiene office in Chatham with clinic owner Christine Fairbairn, local NDP candidate Jordan McGrail and Lambton-Kent-Middlesex candidate Todd Case recently.

or a filling.” Fairbairn, who gives her time to various community organizations to offer free dental cleaning and assessment, said it is important that the people who can’t afford dental care have access to treatment for their overall health and for self-esteem so they can put their best smile forward when in pubic and when job searching. Horwath said her party’s Dental Care for Everyone plan will publicly fund dental coverage for millions of people, including those on social assistance and seniors who don’t have retirement benefits. It will also create a minimum standard for dental plans that will apply to all employers -- which can be fulfilled through a new publicly administered and affordable Ontario Benefits option, or

any comparable benefits plan. Horwath is also the only leader who has tabled a universal pharmacare plan, which would provide drug coverage for every Ontarian regardless of age, income or job status. “For too long we’ve been choosing between Liberals who

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Owners of a local furniture shop in Chatham say Chatham-Kent chose

them as much as they chose this municipality as the place to set up shop. John Fry and Rose Linsemen, owners of JM Fry Furniture Design on

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Fourth Street in Chatham, said as they did their homework on where to establish their small business several years ago, Chatham-Kent kept winning them over. “It’s a really positive community. The response has been more than we could have hoped for,” Fry said. Linsemen said she thinks the attraction to their customers is that all their furniture is hand made. “People want quality,” she said. Fry agreed, adding there

Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission Water and Wastewater Master Plan Update Notice of Addendum

The Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission (PUC) completed a Water and Wastewater Master Plan for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent in 2012. An update of this Master Plan was completed in 2018 and outlines shortterm and long-term water and wastewater servicing strategies to the year 2037 to:   

meet current and anticipated future demands, including the need for infrastructure improvements and upgrades address current and future regulatory requirements provide funding for future servicing

The Master Plan Update was completed following Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. This Master Plan Update renews the water and wastewater infrastructure recommendations to meet the needs of Chatham-Kent. In general, the preferred servicing strategies include:  

Water - continued capital improvements to the water supply and distribution system to improve system reliability and address current and future regulatory requirements. Wastewater - continued capital improvements to the wastewater treatment and sewage collection system to improve system performance, reliability, address current and future regulatory requirements, and provide funding for future servicing opportunities.

The preferred strategy includes a number of projects that will be completed in accordance with the requirements for a Schedule B project under the Class EA. Some Schedule B Class EA projects require acquisition of land and specific sighting for the project. In addition to completing Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Class EA process for these activities, additional on-site and off-site investigations will be required under the detailed design phase. Additional investigations may include: soil and groundwater testing, air quality and noise, water quality testing, where projects are located on a new site, and traffic studies where construction is in existing right-of-way or easements, in conformance with the Screening Criteria found in Appendix 3 under the Municipal Class EA. Any future servicing of currently un-serviced communities, hamlets and rural areas will be completed as a separate Class EA study, including consultation with local residents and specific agencies. Public Review Period The Master Plan Update will be available for a 30-day public and agency review period from April 18 to May 17, 2018. Subject to comments received as a result of this notice, the Municipality intends to officially adopt this Master Plan Update in guiding its water and wastewater infrastructure program. The report will be available at the following locations and on the Municipality’s website Municipality of Chatham-Kent Civic Centre 315 King Street West Chatham, ON, N7M 5K8 Phone (519) 360-1998 Hours: Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 4:30pm

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John Fry, left, and Rose Linsemen, owners of JM Fry Furniture Design in Chatham, showcase the award and proclamation they earned as Feature Industry of the Month in April from the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce.

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is a desire for higher-end furniture in the area. JM Fry earned the title of Feature Industry of the Month for April from the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce. The company began five years ago, operating out of their garage. They’ve called Fourth Street home for the past two years. C h a t h a m Coun. Brock McGregor said he’s glad to see JM Fry set up in

Chatham’s core. “I’ve seen a revival to the down town, and you are part of it,” he told Fry and Linsemen. Fry, born in Edmonton and raised in Australia, first met Linsemen when the two lived in Vancouver. He was in the upholstery business out there, while she was there finishing her schooling. The two later became a couple and called Cambridge home, where Fry would commute to the Greater Toronto Area to various jobs. “I decided I didn’t want to work for people anymore,” Fry said. “I wanted to get back into the creative side. Chatham-Kent is just a more affordable region.”

Linsemen said the couple felt there was also a need here for a custom-crafted furniture store, and they set up shop in town two years ago. The need is so great that the two are eying expansion. “At some point we need to start thinking about moving and hiring,” she said. Their current location at 7 Fourth St. has a lovely view of the Thames River, but its space is rather limited. It contains both showroom and workshop. And Fry would like a larger workspace, but wants to see it remain connected and viewable from the showroom.

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By Bruce Corcoran

There is still time to order a dozen long-stemmed roses from local Rotarians, and in turn help the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent. The 18th annual Roses for Rotary campaign is underway, with orders due April 16, and deliv-

ery/pick up slated for April 18, according to Linda Goldsmith of Sunrise Rotary. Roses are $25 a dozen, she said, and orders can be placed by calling 519397-2308 or by visiting and following the instructions. Goldsmith said the point of pickup this year is the

Portuguese-Canadian Club on Grand Avenue East in Chatham. Pick up times are between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Deliveries can be to anywhere in Chatham-Kent. Goldsmith said the Sunrise club has ordered 1,250 dozen roses for this year. She added the Roses for Rotary is about supporting the community.

Daffodil Campaign underway in C-K

By Bruce Corcoran

While Mother Nature might not agree, it is spring in Chatham-Kent. And that means it’s daffodil season, specifically the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Campaign. Cindy Vinall of the Canadian Cancer Society said the annual April campaign marks the anniversary month of the society, which just had a milestone birthday. “As an organization, we’re 80 years old,” Vinall said. “We’re the leading cancer charity in Canada; the major charitable funder of cancer research.” The organization also funds the Wheels of Hope Transportation Service, which helps cancer patients get to and from their treatments and other medical appointments. In 2017, the local branch of the society helped 219 clients get to their

appointments, Vinall said. Volunteers drove about 347,000 kilometres, making 2,300 trips. The society has an average of 32 drivers on the roads locally Monday through Friday. Vinall said Canadians’ familiarity with the society is at arm’s length at best. “Sadly, people know us, but they don’t know us well,” she said. “Unless cancer’s impacted you at the time, you might not be paying attention.” But the support received is greatly appreciated. “Your dollars have a significant impact on other people,” Vinall said. To learn more, visit http:// en/?region=on.

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Students in a Grade 2 class at St. Ursula’s School in Chatham learn how to properly brush, floss and take care of their oral health.

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The Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry (OAPHD), along with public health units across Ontario, has launched an awareness campaign for Oral Health Month. According to Leeanne Pepper, a registered dental hygienist with the Public Health Unit in Chatham-Kent, the “Brush Up on the Facts: Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy” campaign is geared to parents, and focuses on the impact dental health has on kids’ healthy growth and development and the free dental programs and services that are available for eligible kids 0-17. Pepper and a team from the PHU have been visiting Grade 2 classes across the municipality this month, with the goal of making kids aware of the importance of brushing your teeth morning and night, flossing, drinking water instead of sugary drinks, and visiting the dentist on a regular basis. She said good oral health is important for a child’s self-esteem, sense of well-being and overall health. Cavities can be painful, impact a child’s ability to chew foods properly, and may affect their ability to pay attention at school or enjoy activities. “When kids have dental pain, it is more than just having a cavity,”

Pepper explained. “Children need to keep their teeth healthy for their overall health. That’s why we want everyone to Brush Up on the Facts to help keep kids teeth healthy.” In a presentation to a Grade 2 class at St. Ursula School in Chatham, Pepper showed the students how plaque can build up on teeth, mixing with sugar to create acid, which in turn, leads to cavities. She had lots of pointers for the kids, like drinking chocolate milk after exercise instead of Gatorade or juice, and showed the proper way to brush and floss. The each student was also given a water bottle, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss picks and a card to remind them to visit the dentist. She added it is important for children to visit a dental professional regularly (at least annually) to prevent issues from starting. Get dental issues checked immediately, regardless if they have “baby teeth” or “adult teeth.” Visit or for more information and answers to all of your dental questions, including if your child is eligible for free dental care. You can also call the Chatham-Kent Public Health at 519.355-1071 ext. 5700 or visit them on Facebook at Facebook/CKPublic Health or Twitter





Of hot dogs and fecal speed bumps Do you ever notice how terms such as “abnormally large” have vastly different meanings to physicians as compared to the rest of us? For example, back in January, I had a colonoscopy. The doc said he removed an “abnormally large” polyp while sticking the camera up my exhaust pipe. I don’t know about you, but I had visions of something the size of a hot dog, or at least a pen, getting sliced out of me. But when I went to see Dr. Manji for my follow up last week, he – while reiterating the polyp was “abnormally large” – said it was close to three centimetres in length. That’s just over an inch. Which doesn’t sound “abnormally large” to me. But I guess it is in terms of colon polyps. On the topic of polyps, am I the only one who envisions a sea creature, tentacles shifting in the current, when I hear the word? You know, in my mind, a polyp in the colon looks like that. But in reality, I guess they look like a bump of skin, or at worst, a piece of cauliflower (not actual cauliflower, but skin-coloured cauliflower). But back to the big polyp I had. It wasn’t cancerous, but the doc is concerned because something made my body create the (fecal speed bump) polyp. So, I get put in the Colonoscopy Express Lane. He wants another look up the tailpipe in three years. Typically, it’s five years between butt checks, which I could attain if my next scope is clear. In the meantime, I get to look forward to fun times with nuclear-powered laxatives in about 1,100 days.

Bruce Corcoran He was none the worse for the wear for his time outside, and

went right to his food bowl. After that, it was a brief cuddle with Mary Beth, and then he wanted out again, and off he went. Only this time, he came in later that night. And he slept very well. Since that time, he’s back to his evening walkabouts with other neighbourhood felines. He’s never far, and usually comes in by 1 a.m. or whenever I wake

up in the recliner and call for him. Finn has gotten to the point that if we don’t let him out, he gets a bit antsy inside, and acts up until we show him the door. It kind of reminds me of our first cat, the one and only Archie. He’d get up on the kitchen counter and knock everything off, and then would get up on the fridge and flick all the magnets off the front of the fridge

that he could reach. At least with Archie, he was less of a nocturnal creature. I think he considered himself part dog, and part human. That little guy would come when called, would sleep in our bed at night and would sit up in a living room chair, just like he was a man watching a ball game. I swear he’d have enjoyed a beer if I had a cat-size one for him.

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Salter, Phyllis Phyllis passed away at the CKHA-Chatham Campus on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the age of 81. She was born in New Brunswick and was the daughter of the late Lillian Jones. Sadly missed by her companion Harry Jinkerson. Dear mother of Bonnie Lutz, William and Tracey Robinson and Bob and Trysh Robinson. Loving grandmother of Matthew, Jessica, William, Rebecca, Rachael, Keysha, Delaney and Bryce. Cherished great-grandmother of Tessa, James and one on the way. Kind sister of Jim, Raymond, Ron, and Darlene. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brothers Hugh and Steve. A Celebration of Life will be held at on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Evangel Villa Lounge, 50 Sandys St, Chatham, ON from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham, ON. Donations in memory of Phyllis to the C-K Hospice Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at McKinlay Funeral Home 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham 519-351-2040

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280 Merritt Ave - Chatham Banquet / Sunset Lounge Reasonable full menu, service - bartenders. *Weddings *Stag and Doe’s * Special Events* Two huge facilities. Parking lot. Outdoor patio. 519-352-9000.

Large reputable home renovation company with 5 locations is


Full Time Employment, year round with benefit packages for the following divisions: • Window & Door Installations • Roofing / Shingles / Sub-Contractors • Insulation / Insulators • Installers for Soffit / Fascia / Trough & Siding

The opportunity is here now to join our family with unlimited growing & promoting potential within our organization for those Energetic, Motivated Individuals. Please call 519-668-1555 or come to 207 Exeter Rd Unit C or Send info or resume to


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Taxi bylaw meeting set for April 18 The Chatham Voice

Public input is encouraged regarding a draft bylaw, which recommends repealing the current Taxi bylaw and replacing it with a Vehicle for Hire bylaw.

The proposed bylaw would regulate all vehicles for hire that carry passengers in exchange for a fee, such as taxicabs and private vehicles for hire which would include private transportation companies such as

Uber or Lyft, etc. Some of the highlights are as follows: • All vehicles for hire must provide insurance for carrying passengers, must meet vehicle safety requirements and must provide police checks

etc.; • No plate limit; • No zones; • A dispatch office along with 24-hour dispatch service would no longer be required; • The Vehicle for Hire bylaw does not regulate

fares/tariffs. The bylaw does state that the rate to be charge shall be posted in a visible manner to any passenger or ensure the passenger is aware of the fare, and has agreed to the fare, to be charged before providing the ser-

vice. A public consultation meeting to discuss the draft will be held April 18 at 6 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Centre. Public comments can be emailed to CKlicensing@

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Our Centre is full of excitement, come out and join in the activities we offer.



Saturday, May 5 (limited tickets) Social hour 6:00-7:00pm DVD Presentation 7:00 - 8:00pm 15 - includes Hors D’oeuvres/snacks One complimentary drink Black and White Night Video Show


Black and White dress if possible photo opps will be available!

Car Barn Broasted Chicken Dinner Thursday, May 10

5pm & 6:30pm • Take Out: 5:30pm-6:30pm $18.00 (Children under 5 free, 6-12 $10) Advance tickets only 519-676-3894

55 Jane St., Blenheim • 519-676-3894

Open Daily at 11:30am

Saturday, April 28

Join us for lunch OR

Everyone Welcome! Vendors, Baked Goods Lunch, Draws & More . . . 9:00am-2:00pm

our local draft

dinner, and a pint of

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The Chatham Voice, April 12, 2018  

The April 12, 2018 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area since 2013

The Chatham Voice, April 12, 2018  

The April 12, 2018 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area since 2013